The British Association of Cosmetic Doctors Launches the UK's First Post Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine

By The British Association Of Cosmetic Doctors, PRNE
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Setting the Standard for Cosmetic Medical Treatments

LONDON, October 21, 2010 - The British Association of Cosmetic Doctors has launched the
first Post Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine specifically for doctors
through Leicester Medical School. This is the only qualification specifically
related to medical cosmetics and accredited by a medical school. With an
estimated 1 million* injectable cosmetic treatments carried out every year in
the UK, the Diploma represents a major step forward in Patients' protection
and establishes cosmetic medicine as a medical speciality.

The Diploma offers cosmetic doctors a Postgraduate
Certificate, Diploma and MSc and provides a comprehensive theoretical and
practical foundation for doctors in the field of cosmetic medicine. It places
strong emphasis on the ethical and legal considerations particular to
cosmetic medicine, establishing competency in all commonly used cosmetic
techniques to ensure the delivery of consistently high standards of care to
patients in cosmetic medicine.

Dr Mike Comins, President of the British Association of
Cosmetic Doctors, honorary lecturer in cosmetic medicine and a member of the
Faculty, says:

"The diploma is a giant step towards regulating cosmetic
medicine because it's the only diploma accredited by a medical school
specifically for doctors. It will help the public recognise and pick doctors
who are trained in the procedures we offer, from topical skincare to advanced
forms of liposuction. It may be cosmetic, but its still medicine. If you had
a problem with your knee you would go to a qualified specialist and the same
principle should apply to cosmetic treatments."

Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Rajiv Grover says:

"I congratulate the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors on
setting up this post graduate diploma, which will establish cosmetic medicine
as a medical speciality in its own right and allow the public the safeguard
that they can receive treatments from practitioners who are thoroughly
trained in this field."

Former Chairman Dr John Curran, who wrote the core training
standards for the diploma to create a clear pathway in cosmetic medicine,

"Cosmetic Medicine has come of age with the launch of the
first post graduate doctor only diploma. Gone are the days of people 'having
a go' at treatments like Botox and fillers. The Government, regulatory
authorities and the public expect doctors to be fully trained with a diploma
that is peer-reviewed and validated at post graduate level. The diploma will
become the gold standard for cosmetic medicine and will provide a safeguard
for the public."

The British Association of Cosmetic Doctors is a
not-for-profit organisation, established for the advancement, education and
practice of cosmetic medicine in the UK. Members are GMC registered, undergo
thorough background screening, training and certification. Information about
specific procedures and doctors contact details can be found on, or by contacting the advice line at

* 2010 Mintel Survey

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